MAY THE FOURTH BE WiTH YOU!..
1826 ~ Frederic Edwin Church the American painter was born on the 4th May 1826 (died 1900).
1827 ~ John Hanning Speke the English explorer was born on the 4th May 1827 (died 1864)
1916 ~ Richard Proenneke the American naturalist was born on the 4th May 1916 (died 2003).
1929 ~ AUDREY HEPBURN the British actress was born on the 4th day of May in 1929 (died in 1993 aged 63).
1941 ~ NiCKOLAS ASHFORD the American recording artist was born on the 4th day of May in 1941 (died in 2011 aged 70). Nicholas sang and wrote songs with his wife Valerie Simpson, and were best known as ASHFORD & SiMPSON. Together the trio wrote Let’s Go Get Stoned, which gave Ray Charles a number one hit in 1966. Also that year Ashford & Simpson wrote Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand) and many more. They wrote many hit songs including Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman (1978). Performing as a duet, Ashford & Simpson had a hit with “Solid” in 1984 (US) and 1985 (UK). The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
1960 ~ ANDREW DENTON the Australian television presenter and comedian was born on the 4th day of May in 1960. See Andrew Denton interview Jerry Seinfeld on Enough Rope YouTube video…
1970 ~ GREGG ALEXANDER the American lead singer and songwriter in the NEW RADiCALS was born on the 4th May 1970. Gregg wrote all the New Radicals songs, including this 1998 hit You Get What You Give (YouTube video)…
1972 ~ The DON’T MAKE A WAVE COMMiTEE became the GREENPEACE FOUNDATiON on the 4th May 1972 when they officially changed the name. The Don’t Make A Wave Commitee environmental organization was founded in Canada in 1971).
1979 ~ MARGARET THATCHER became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on the 4th day of May in 1979.
1999 ~ iNTERNATiONAL FiREFiGHTERS’ DAY was instituted on the 4th May 1999 due to the deaths of 5 firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire in Linton, Victoria, Australia. The 4th of May used to be a traditional Firefighters’ Day in many European countries, because it is the day of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters. Visit www.FireFightersDay.org.
2011 ~ STAR WARS DAY was first officially celebrated in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema on the 4th May 2011. May the 4th be with you!..
2012 ~ ALLAN STEWART aged 97 from Australia graduated as the World’s oldest university graduate, on the 4th day of May in 2012.